Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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GRADUATE STUDIES

Graduate Student Handbook: Degree Requirements - General

The Department of Psychology offers four distinct programs at both the master’s (MSc) and doctoral (PhD) levels. Each program has overall degree requirements as well as specific course and other requirements depending on the area of study. 

Overall Program Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Summary – Master’s

  • CORE Human Research Ethics Tutorial – 1 online tutorial required for all students; optional for students who are working with animals only
  • Animal Research Ethics education – for students working with animals only; your graduate supervisor will advise what animal research related education is required on an individual basis
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) - 3 online tutorials
  • Accessible Instructor for Educators - 1 online tutorial
  • Queen’s Health & Safety Awareness - 1 online tutorial
  • Coursework as defined by the specific program of study
  • Thesis Proposal to be defended orally
  • Thesis to be defended orally

Degree Requirements Summary - Doctoral

  • CORE Human Research Ethics Tutorial – 1 online tutorial required for all students; optional for students who are working with animals only
  • Animal Research Ethics education – for students working with animals only; your graduate supervisor will advise what animal research related education is required on an individual basis
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) - 3 online tutorials
  • Accessible Instructor for Educators - 1 online tutorial
  • Queen’s Health & Safety Awareness - 1 online tutorial
  • Coursework as defined by the specific program of study
  • Comprehensive Examination to be defended orally
  • Thesis Proposal to be defended orally
  • Thesis to be defended orally

CORE Human Research Ethics Tutorial

The online tutorial TCPS 2: CORE (Course on Research Ethics) is an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Agency Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). It consists of eight modules focusing on the guidance in TCPS 2 that is applicable to all research regardless of discipline or methodology.

This tutorial is mandatory for all incoming graduate students who will engage in research involving human subjects. It is a web-based tutorial providing familiarity with and practical application of Canada's national standard of ethics for research (as outlined in the Tri-Agency Policy Statement). 

This tutorial takes about 40 minutes to complete.

More information and to access the course please go to the Government of Canada's CORE Human Research Ethics Tutorial.


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Tutorials (4) Mandatory for all PSYC Graduate Students

In 2008, the Ontario Government enacted a customer service regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requiring that everyone who interacts with the public and delivers services on behalf of the University must be trained in accessible customer service for persons with disabilities. In response to this regulation, Queen's University created an online course in how to successfully interact with and provide accessible customer service to persons with disabilities.

1.  Access Forward
2.  Accessible Customer Service
3.  Human Rights 101

These first three tutorials are mandatory for all incoming PYSC graduate students.  As a graduate student you are expected at some time to interact with other students, faculty, staff, visitors, members of the community or others as part of your role. Any of these individuals could be persons with disabilities. The course provides excellent information about disability and accessibility issues and actions you can take to help reduce many of the common barriers that some individuals with disabilities encounter.

These first 3 tutorials take about 1.5 hours to complete overall.

Login to Equity Services to complete AODA Tutorials (3)
Click on “Mandatory Training”
Log in with your Queen’s student netid

4.  Accessible Instructor for Educators Online Tutorial (1) Requirement – Mandatory for all PSYC Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows

This fourth tutorial is mandatory for all PSYC Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.  All Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Fellows (TFs) are required to complete the Instruction for Educators Training online tutorial prior to performing any TA or TF responsibilities.

This 4th tutorial takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Login to Equity Services to complete Educators Training Tutorial (1)
Click on “Mandatory Training”
Log in with your Queen’s student netid


Queen’s Health And Safety Awareness Online Tutorial (1) Requirement

Ontario Regulation 297/13 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force on July 1, 2014.  Under this regulation every employer in Ontario must ensure all workers and supervisors complete, or have completed, an awareness training program that meets the regulatory requirements. This is mandatory in all workplaces in Ontario and mandatory for all incoming PYSC graduate students.

Workers must take the training as soon as possible after being hired. Supervisors must take the training prior to assuming a supervisory role. The Queen’s Health and Safety Awareness course includes regulatory requirements for both workers and supervisors.  Due to the specific content of the Queen’s University Health and Safety Awareness training, Awareness training received from previous employers or organizations is not accepted.

This tutorial takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Login to complete the New Employee Health & Safety Awareness Online Tutorial